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Hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to swim

Hundreds of thousands of 11-year-olds leaving primary school unable to swim

More than 200,000 11-year-olds quit primary school every year unable to swim, according to a report out today.

Figures show one in three are unable to reach the Government’s target of being able to swim 25 metres by the time they transfer to secondary school.

Worryingly, too, 39 per cent of those unable to swim have never had any swimming lessons despite the fact the sport is a statutory element of the national curriculum.

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Richard Garner  and Jonathan Brown | The Independent | 17th May 2012

London Councils Relocate Residents Outside Of Boroughs

A Freedom of Information (FOI) request by the BBC has revealed that 65% of London councils who responded have tried to relocate people on their housing waiting lists outside the borough.

Welfare reforms are leaving London’s councils facing increasing numbers of people no longer able to afford the gap between high rents and reduced housing benefit who require their services. But with social housing in short supply, councils are being forced to accommodate residents outside the borough or even outside London. Newham council was recently accused of ‘social cleansing’ ahead of the Olympics by moving families as far afield as Stoke-on-Trent.

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Bethph | The Londonist |17th May 2012

Apollo to get out of theatre

The current operator of Scarborough’s £3.5 million Open Air Theatre wants out of its deal with the council.

Apollo Leisure and Resorts, which has failed to run a programme for this year, is in talks to hand over the running of the venue to another firm.

Cllr Tom Fox, the leader of Scarborough Council, said it was unlikely any events would now be promoted by the group at the venue.

A Freedom of Information request has shown that the council paid Apollo a management fee of £117,500 for 2010/2011 and the same amount for 2011/2012 – no information was available for any fees paid for the current financial year.

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Scarborough Evening News | 17th May 2012

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